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Unsold Yousuf Will Still Cash In

Saturday, February 23, 2008


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed the Indian Premier League (IPL) will still pay batsman Mohammad Yousuf despite his failure to make it into a franchise team.

There were no bids for the 33-year-old in Wednesday's player auction, mainly because of a dispute between the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and the IPL.

Yousuf had initially signed up for the ICL but the PCB then persuaded him to revoke the contract and sign a deal with the IPL instead.

Now Yousuf is fighting a legal battle with the ICL with the league keen to stop the batsman from playing in the IPL.

However, PCB's media director Ahsan Hameed Malik maintains that Yousuf will get his contract amount of $350,000 from the IPL authorities.

Halik told the Dawn:

"Though no one came forward to bid for Yousuf, like many other international cricketers, the IPL has fixed $350,000 as the starting bid for him which he will get from the authorities."

Seven other Pakistan cricketers - Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Kamran Akmal - were bought by various IPL franchises on Wednesday.

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